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The sideconnect 15 mm x 15 mm enables a fast, easy and robust connection of 15 mm x 15 mm chips. The position of the tube-chip connection on the edge of the chip allows a smooth flow with less bubbles and requires less reagents. The design of the body grants a large viewing area and is compatible with upright and inverted microscopes. The mounting frame and assembly tool keeps the body and connectors in place during assembly of the chip and the interface with the tubing. Accessories can be stored in the build-in storage box of the assembly tool.
Besides ordering standard Micronit chips that fit into the sideconnect holder you can also order your own 15 mm x 15 mm chips. Simply fill in the miproto quote generator in the webstore for an immediate quotation. See https://store.micronit.com/miproto/. You can of course also contact us for support at firstname.lastname@example.org or at phone number 00 31 53 850 6 850.
|Max. operating pressure||10 bar (145 psi)|
|Dimensions assembly tool||85 mm x 54 mm x 24 mm|
|Material assembly tool||Aluminium|
|Dimensions mounting frame||128 mm x 86 mm x 4 mm|
|Material mounting frame||Aluminium|
|Body and connectors||Body and connectors for 15 mm x 15 mm chips|
|Material body and connectors||PEEK (Polyetheretherketone)|
|Dimensions connectors||25 mm x 7 mm x 4 mm|
|Number of Inlets||4 inlets|
|Number of outlets||4 outlets|
|Compatible to tubing with diameter||Compatible with 1/16 inch tubing|
|Clamps||2 aluminium clamps|
|Srew driver||1 Screw driver with a 35 mm blade|
|Screws||5 screws with M2 thread, lenght 8 mm|
|Contents||ETFE tubing and 5 FFKM ferrules|
|Outer Diameter (OD)||1/16 inch|
|Inner Diameter (ID)||200 µm|
|Material||Tube: ETFE (Ethylene tetrafluoroethylene), Ferrules: FFKM (Perlast) perfluoroelastomer|
Chips that have Micronit’s standard hydrophobic coating can be cleaned with most organic solvents. IPA, acetone, ethanol and water should all be safe to use without damaging the coating. Do not clean the chips with any very acidic or alkaline chemical. Also, flush the chip with your cleaning material but don’t store the chip for many days with an organic solvent inside. Coated chips can be stored filled with water or air.
We recommend using a high precision pumping system, regular syringe pumps often don't work very well for droplet generators. There are several high precision pumping systems on the market that work with different pumping principles. Micronit can offer serveral different pumping systems. A droplet platform including pumping system can be found here. You can also send us an email to find out which pump would work for you.
This depends on many things, for example, which fluids you use. Check our flowrate instructions to find out how to start.
Decrease your flowrate. Check our flowrate instructions for a more acurate explanation.
Have a look at our surfactant guide.
Have a look at our clogging prevention guide
Is your setup clogged with dirt or fully blocked?
Chips can get clogged, for example when they’ve been used before and have not been cleaned the right way. If your chip is clogged with dirt, check our document on the prevention of clogging and/or read the answer to question number one on this page (regarding the cleaning of chips). Clogged chips often do let some flow through the chip, which makes it easier to identify the issue as clogging. If there is no flow at all it’s more likely that the flow path is not connected correctly.
Pinpoint the issue
We recommend walking through the full track of the fluid flows: check if your syringe or pump is not blocked, if your tubing is actually hollow and if your filters let fluids pass through. Then check if your chip has inlet and outlet holes and if these are positioned so that the fluids can go through the chip. The easiest way to do this is to disassemble the setup and check if fluids come out of the pump, then connect the tubing and check if fluids can come through. Keep on adding parts and checking if the fluids go through. This way you can pinpoint the problem.
If the problem remains
If the problem cannot be solved after following the above-mentioned steps, then take some pictures or make a short movie of your setup and send this, together with the description or name of your chip, to Micronit. We will gladly assist you in identifying the issue.
Have a look at our document about surface wetting properties.